Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by gkelm, Jan 8, 2006.
Anybody have pics of Colonial innards?
coz we like porn
Why? Whoever bought the amp owns it and is free to do what they want with it, right?
The Internet is for Porn!
I had the chassis out of my Victory a couple weeks ago. With PaulC's permission and help, I soldered a capacitor that bypassed the 2nd preamp stage cathode for more gain. I actually added a small switch to the underside of the chassis so I could turn on the gain or turn it off (I believe this is what Ben Fargen does with "decade" switch on his Mini-Plex amps). I didn't snap any pics, but the inside was very neat and it was very easy to identify what everything did - or so my more electronically inclined friends could!
Incidentally, I also discovered that capacitors hold charges long after the amp has been turned off and unplugged . This was a very painful discovery for me and a very humorous discovery for the "friend" who was helping me mod the amp (he about soiled himself laughing at me). It was a good lesson for me. BE CAREFUL!!!
I did not know the heritage were hand wierd. I assumed they were PC.
Isn't that a Germino? The layout doesn't look like a Heritage, at least from the front panel photos I've seen.
I was going to say the same thing. The grounding scheme on the pots is the same as on my Classic 45 seen here: http://home.comcast.net/~rszmagaj/
Yeh, that looks like the guts on my Germino.
that is the same photo!
That amp has 2 external fuses, my Colonial doesn't have any, the fuse is in the AC receptacle. My Colonial has 2 speaker jacks for each of the 3 impediences, they are one over the other, that looks like only 1 jack in that photo.
This photo is not a Colonial.
Glad you're still breathing (and I hope you threw away the underwear). That's a hard way to learn a lesson but certainly leaves the deepest impression - you probably won't do it again. I hope people will read this, getting 'bit' is not fun. Discharge those big uglys!:RoCkIn
Can I just say: Doh!
(and I thought that was a Marshall, silly me)
So... how do you discharge them?
ground the +ve terminal of the caps to the chassis. I just use a big insulated screwdriver. Its probably not the best method (results in big sparks and a loud crack)... You'd think after doing it so often that i'd be use to the big spark and pop but nope... sitll scares the bajesus out of me...
beats getting shocked though.
There are other methods that use a resistor which allows the caps to discharge slowly... its more pleasant and not so abrupt. Just make sure the amp is turned off and unplugged from the mains before you do it.
Yes, it is a picture of a Germino.
Greg, how bout a tone report on the Victory 'tweak"? Paul was telling me about it.... I'm happy with Victory as is, but if there's not tonal compromise in doing the mod then i'm all for a bit more gain!
It´s my Germino 55LV, it´s i.e "gut shots" coz we like amp porn
Hey guys - I'll see if I can get a picture of the insides of our amps for you. It doesn't look like that Germino posted, but it is a turrett style build. The first few were on eyelets, but I changed that a while back.
BTW anybody going to NAMM? If so stop by the booth!